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RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK

For People and Planet.

aka RAN   |   San Francisco, CA   |  http://www.ran.org
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RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK

EIN: 94-3045180


Mission

Rainforest Action Network preserves forests, protects the climate, and upholds human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice through frontline partnerships and strategic campaigns. RAN works toward a world where the rights and dignity of all communities are respected and where healthy forests, a stable climate, and wild biodiversity are protected and celebrated.

Notes from the nonprofit

At Rainforest Action Network, we focus on protecting people and planet. Our mission at RAN is ambitious and global in scope. Our campaigns address some of today’s biggest and most challenging crises — and we get results. We often hear that our goals are too ambitious or politically unfeasible. But at RAN, we focus on what’s necessary — and we don’t back down.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Ginger Cassady

Main address

425 Bush St, Ste 300

San Francisco, CA 94108 USA

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EIN

94-3045180

Subject area info

Environmental justice

Climate change

Energy resources

Endangered species protection

Forest preservation

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Population served info

Adults

Indigenous peoples

Low-income people

Researchers

Activists

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Stop Deforestation

There is no real solution to our climate crisis that does not prioritize keeping forests standing. Forests provide the air we breathe and are home to Indigenous Peoples and half the world’s biodiversity. They also act as carbon sinks, pulling carbon out of the atmosphere. And yet, big brands and banks are fueling deforestation and the burning and bulldozing of forests to plant monoculture crops that produce huge profits.

Our Keep Forests Standing campaign pressures consumer-facing brands, oil palm, pulp, paper, and forestry sectors and financial institutions to adopt and implement policies that a) protect and restore forests, peatlands, and associated biodiversity; b) reduce climate pollution associated with deforestation; c) respect human, land, labor and Indigenous rights; and d) improve transparency, traceability, and accountability in forest-risk commodity supply chains globally.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Indigenous peoples
Economically disadvantaged people
Activists

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we have less than a decade left to halt our current course of climate chaos and ecological destruction being fueled by profit-driven interests. Communities all across the globe — particularly those at the frontlines of extractive industries — are already experiencing the worst impacts of climate change: heat waves, Arctic ice melt, coastal flooding, and the growing intensity of storms and wildfires. And yet, big banks have been making billions of dollars from bankrolling fossil fuels. Simply put: if banks keep bankrolling fossil fuels at this rate, there will be no turning back from the climate crisis. RAN challenges financial institutions and insurers to adopt and implement policies that a) end their support for extreme fossil fuels and eventually end support for all fossil fuels; and b) ensure that projects and companies supported by these institutions respect human and Indigenous rights.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Activists
Economically disadvantaged people
Indigenous peoples

There is no environmental justice without racial justice and without respecting human rights. And we know that our work will have the greatest impact when it is in partnership and following the leadership of local communities. That’s why we try to provide direct support, such as our Community Action Grants, and work in solidarity with frontline and Indigenous communities.

Community Action Grants provide rapid funding for Indigenous and frontline communities across the globe fighting against disproportionate environmental impact and violation of their human rights as a result of destructive and invasive extractive industry mega-projects. Since 1993, RAN has distributed in excess of $1 million in grants to more than 150 frontline communities, Indigenous-led organizations, and allies around the world.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Activists

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of research or policy analysis products developed, e.g., reports, briefs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples, Academics, Activists

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

RAN's publications include on-the-ground investigation and detailed financial research to influence key decision makers around important issues: https://www.ran.org/publications

Number of Snack Food 20 Companies with Responsible Palm Oil Policies In Place

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Related Program

Stop Deforestation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

RAN successfully campaigned the largest snack food companies in the world to adopt responsible palm oil policies, protecting against rainforest destruction and human rights abuses.

Number of list subscribers

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of people who have joined RAN's email list to participate in online anti-corporate actions, petitions and campaigns.

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of new supporters who made a monetary gift in the last year.

Number of audience members willing to take action on behalf of a specific issue

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of supporters who signed a petition promoted by RAN.

Number of total donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of people who made a monetary gift.

Number of requests for advocate products or information, including downloads or page views of online material

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of RAN publications downloaded from the ran.org website.

Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of rallies, actions, protests, and activist trainings held.

Number of Major US Banks and Insurers that adopted Fossil Fuel restrictions.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Defund Climate Change

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of relevant policy adoptions or revisions made by our bank and insurance targets each year.

Number of bank, brand and corporate targets that improved their Environmental, Social & Governance policies and actions taken to protect human rights / the environment in soft commodity supply chains

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of financial deals uncovered for forest-risk sector companies driving deforestation in Southeast Asia published on the Forests & Finance transparency platform.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Stop Deforestation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Activists, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people, Academics

Related Program

Community Action Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total dollar amount of grants distributed through RANs Community Action Grants (CAG) program since 1993, which provides crucial and rapid funding to frontline communities, Indigenous-led organization

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

RAN works toward a world where the rights and dignity of all communities are respected and where healthy forests, a stable climate, and wild biodiversity are protected and celebrated.

Our programs aim to:
Keep forests intact and standing.
Stop financial institutions from funding and insuring fossil fuels.
Amplify frontline leaders to create lasting, systemic change.

We are committed to reforming entire systems to protect the climate, preserve forests and biodiversity, and uphold human rights. To achieve this, we seek:

-An end to human rights abuses associated with the expansion and operation of fossil fuel extraction and infrastructure, as well as the industrial pulp, oil palm and forestry sectors.
-To secure remedy for environmental and social harm.
-Accountability from consumer-facing brands and their financiers for their contribution and linkage to climate emissions, deforestation, forest degradation, peatland conversion, failures of forest governance, and human rights abuses.
-An end to the expansion of fossil fuel extraction and infrastructure globally as well as an end to the expansion of industrial forestry and pulp and oil palm plantations in tropical rainforests and peatlands.
-Recognition and protection of community rights and restoration of forest ecosystems as components of government and private sector policies.
-Alignment with, and support for, environmental and human rights defenders.
-Global strategies to limit human-induced climate change, advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development -Goals, and enable community-based livelihoods and solutions.

RAN was an innovator and early proponent of a market campaign approach to environmental activism and continues to leverage its expertise as a leader in this space. We identify a critical problem, analyze the corporate drivers, and campaign against the largest economic players in order to shift the public conversation, pressure big brands and banks to adopt and implement policies that respect people and planet, and eventually shift entire industrial sectors. Perhaps most importantly, we demand that any new corporate policies and commitments include the protection of human rights and recognition of Indigenous sovereignty.

Core to our approach is building and maintaining authentic and effective partnerships with local, Indigenous and frontline communities, and their allies across the globe—many of which are directly impacted by the greed of our corporate targets. To move our targets and
transform sectors, RAN campaigns employ:

-Globally recognized, cutting-edge research and reports like our annual Banking on Climate Chaos report and the groundbreaking Forests & Finance online database.

-Collaborative partnerships with international NGOs, local community activists, and Indigenous leaders protecting forests across the globe.

-Peaceful direct actions from marching in the streets and occupying federal agencies to dropping banners outside the headquarters of some of the biggest industry leaders in the world.

-Traditional and social media campaigns spotlighting our issues and partner voices in big media outlets and connecting with over six million supporters across social media platforms.

-High-level corporate negotiations with major industry leaders such as PepsiCo, Disney, General Mills, Cargill, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and many more.


For more than 35 years, RAN has developed highly effective strategies to radically shift policies and practices in the world’s biggest financial institutions and corporations. We combine grassroots organizing with high-level corporate negotiations; we produce cutting edge research and coordinate peaceful, powerful protests; we partner with Indigenous leaders and frontline communities in South America, North America and Southeast Asia and raise their voices in prominent international media outlets. Our campaigns have resulted in some of the most rigorous and ground-breaking changes from Fortune 500 companies since our founding.

We strategically select our targets — from PepsiCo and Unilever to JPMorgan Chase and Disney — because when we move them, we move entire sectors, and in doing so we create lasting, systemic change that affirms people and planet over profit.

At the heart of our mission is our commitment to working with Indigenous and frontline communities who are directly impacted by profit-driven systems of injustice. RAN’s organizational priorities of advancing racial justice and human rights and dismantling systemic oppression, underpin all of RAN’s long-term goals.

At Rainforest Action Network, we focus on protecting people and planet. Our mission at RAN is ambitious and global in scope. Our campaigns address some of today’s biggest and most challenging crises — and we get results.

Over our 35 year history, RAN has secured some of the most rigorous and ground-breaking changes from Fortune 500 companies since our founding including policies from Disney, PepsiCo, Unilever, Cargill, Chevron, Home Depot, Burger King, and more. We invite you to visit our website at www.ran.org/how_we_win/ to see a detailed timeline of our milestone achievements.

Rainforest Action Network has ambitious goals for the coming years to work toward our vision of a world where the climate is stable, forest are preserved, biodiversity is protected, and rights are secured and upheld. We will contribute to those goals by exposing destructive supply chains, tracking the flow of capital to irresponsible and culpable industries, and amplifying the voices of directly impacted frontline communities. With this evidence-based information, RAN will exert public pressure on corporations, banks, and institutions to stop environmentally and socially destructive practices and remedy harm at the local level.

Our priorities for the coming year include:
-Ramping up the pressure on the worst corporate drivers of deforestation including Procter & Gamble, Mondelez, and Ferrero.
-Stopping the flow of money to fossil fuel projects and expose climate gaslighting by the worst financiers and insurers of climate chaos, including JPMorgan Chase and Liberty Mutual.
-Stewarding and growing our Network of grassroots organizers, activists, and frontline communities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

5.80

Average of 7.45 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

10.2

Average of 8.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

31%

Average of 26% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $434,652 $1,569,111 $1,062,949 $3,160,353 -$637,881
As % of expenses 6.0% 19.8% 12.7% 35.8% -5.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $427,276 $1,565,423 $1,062,949 $3,160,353 -$637,881
As % of expenses 5.8% 19.8% 12.7% 35.8% -5.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $7,541,884 $9,796,344 $8,297,079 $11,682,993 $12,904,672
Total revenue, % change over prior year -4.6% 29.9% -15.3% 40.8% 10.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.2% 0.5% 0.1% 1.1%
Government grants 10.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 89.0% 99.8% 99.5% 93.2% 98.9%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 6.7% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $7,301,995 $7,917,268 $8,358,711 $8,835,459 $11,018,175
Total expenses, % change over prior year 6.9% 8.4% 5.6% 5.7% 24.7%
Personnel 57.8% 55.8% 53.4% 52.0% 53.0%
Professional fees 18.9% 20.2% 21.5% 26.0% 18.9%
Occupancy 4.4% 4.8% 5.7% 5.1% 4.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 4.9% 9.0% 10.4% 5.7% 6.2%
All other expenses 13.9% 10.2% 9.1% 11.1% 17.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $7,309,371 $7,920,956 $8,358,711 $8,835,459 $11,018,175
One month of savings $608,500 $659,772 $696,559 $736,288 $918,181
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $778,750 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,081
Total full costs (estimated) $7,917,871 $8,580,728 $9,055,270 $10,350,497 $11,941,437

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 6.8 8.1 7.5 11.8 10.2
Months of cash and investments 8.1 8.1 7.5 11.8 10.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.6 8.5 9.6 13.4 10.0
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $4,144,837 $5,338,367 $5,206,555 $8,682,418 $9,334,035
Investments $761,394 $0 $0 $0 $10,345
Receivables $2,138,971 $1,033,478 $1,921,337 $872,801 $3,892,992
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $69,209 $69,209 $69,209 $69,209 $75,671
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 94.7% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 93.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.9% 14.2% 14.3% 13.6% 10.4%
Unrestricted net assets $4,050,119 $5,615,542 $6,678,491 $9,838,844 $9,200,963
Temporarily restricted net assets $2,599,409 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $2,599,409 $2,909,374 $2,554,793 $2,241,974 $4,607,469
Total net assets $6,649,528 $8,524,916 $9,233,284 $12,080,818 $13,808,432

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ginger Cassady

Ginger Cassady is the Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network. She has over 20 years of experience securing transformational change with some of the world’s largest corporations and financiers through global campaigns and litigation to protect the environment and uphold human rights. She has spent her career working at the intersection of ecological and social justice issues, with a strong track record of combining strategic thinking and grassroots organizing with effective organizational management and fundraising to achieve high impact results.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 05/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Andre Carothers

Community Volunteer

Andre Carothers

Scott Price

Anna Lappé

Marsela Penanac

Avi Mahaningtyas

Asad Rehman

Alberto Saldamando

Leila Salazar-Lopez

Dan Scales

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/21/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/02/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Contractors

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Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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